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Art & Rockets

by Carol Marks

Huntsville, Alabama, may be known for its connection to the space industry, but “The Rocket City” also boasts a booming arts community. You wouldn’t think engineers and artists could get along, but the two communities actually compliment each other quite nicely.

The best time to get a feel for Huntsville’s dual personalities is on the third Thursday of May, June, July and August, when visitors and locals can see artists, vendors and businesses setting up their displays on the town square for the Sidewalk Art Stroll.

This year, the Art Stroll has branched out and is hosting a variety of creative minds, including those growing produce locally. The city’s downtown restaurants and pubs open their doors, and a fashion show put on by local clothing boutique Envy, made its way into last month’s event.

Other sights from the May stroll? Juggling by a local radio deejay. Goin’ To The Cats and Dogs Groomers and Retail Store handing out treats for four-legged attendees. A cooking demo from What’s For Supper and handmade ice cream to beat the heat.

The Stroll established itself in 2006 as an experiment of sorts, mainly to attract people to the historic downtown area of Huntsville. In the middle of the square is the courthouse, and in what used to be offices for cotton and railroad industries are now restaurants, shops, music venues and museums. Several thousand people showed up, and the event has been going strong since.

To check out the scene, head to downtown Huntsville tomorrow, June 16, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. For you left-brained folks, there’s always Space Camp afterwards.

Carol Marks is a freelance writer living in Huntsville, Alabama. To find out more about her, see her profile on our “Contributors” page.

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  • the Gent / June 15, 2011

    Awesome article! Inspires me to get to downtown Huntsville soon!

  • Larry Hogan / June 17, 2011

    Super Article – I will try to make it to these from now on.
    Thank You!

  • Pat Patterson / June 17, 2011

    Wow well written..you may want to write for Event Magazine. I can set it up if interested.

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